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Baked doughnuts

16 Mar

These delicious and easy doughnuts are baked – not fried! Our biggest tip is to not overbake them. If anything, underbake them a tad as they will continue to bake for a bit once you remove them from the oven. We enjoyed them with cinnamon and sugar, but we’d encourage experimenting with glazes and icings! Many thanks to 101cookbooks for the inspiration and guidance. ~ Paula and Nicole

ingredients:

  • 1 1/3 cups warm water
  • 1 packet active dry yeast (2 1/4 teaspoons)
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 5 cups all-purpose flour (alternately, white whole wheat might work – haven’t tried it yet)
  • A pinch or two of nutmeg, freshly grated
  • 1 teaspoon fine grain sea salt
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted (or more, depending on how thoroughly you dip them!)
  • 3/4 cups sugar
  • 1/2 tablespoon cinnamon

process:

  1. Place 1/3 cup of the warm milk in the bowl of an electric mixer. Stir in the yeast and set aside for a few minutes.
  2. Stir the butter and sugar into the remaining cup of warm water and add it to the yeast mixture.
  3. With a fork, stir in the eggs, flour, nutmeg, and salt – just until the flour is incorporated.
  4. With the dough hook attachment of your mixer beat the dough for a few minutes at medium speed. Add more liquid if the dough looks to dry, a bit more flour if it looks too sticky.
  5. Once the dough pulls away from the sides of the bowl, turn it out onto a floured counter-top, knead a few times (the dough should be barely sticky), and shape into a ball.
  6. Transfer the dough to a buttered (or oiled) bowl, cover, put in a warm place and let rise for an hour or until the dough has roughly doubled in size.
  7. Punch down the dough and roll it out 1/2-inch thick on your floured countertop. Use a 2-3 inch cookie cutter to punch out circles, and a smaller cutter to punch out the doughnut holes. Make sure the holes are large enough so they don’t close up with the doughnuts rise a second time. Cover with a clean cloth and let rise for another 45 minutes.
  8. Bake in a 375 degree oven until the bottoms are just golden, 8 to 10 minutes – this will happen FAST.
  9. Place the butter in a medium bowl. Place the sugar and cinnamon in a separate bowl.
  10. Remove the doughnuts from the oven and let cool for just a minute or two. Dip each one in the melted butter and a quick toss in the sugar bowl. Eat!

makes 1 1/2 – 2 dozen medium doughnuts

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